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Vladimir Petrov vs Paul Keres
Estonia-Latvia team m (1938), Tallinn EST, rd 2, Mar-08
Dutch Defense: Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky Variation Modern Main Line (A99)  ·  1-0


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Petrov's only win over Keres.
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According to Petrovs biographer <Andris Fride>, this game was "adjourned as a win for white by Dr. Euwe."

[Fride, Andris "Vladimirs Petrovs: A Chessplayer's Story from Greatness to the Gulag" Caissa Editions, 2004, p.111 ]

Jul-17-18  ZonszeinP: Hello.
Unfortunately i'm unable to find that book ..
I wish i could
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Good evening <ZonszeinP>.

You can buy this book for $21 American funds on

Currently there are 4 copies, new and used, on offer:

I bought my copy 7 years ago and I don't remember where I got it or how much I paid for it.

My copy is full of bent pages and notes I scribbled all over it. It also has many old coffee stains and such on it.

I love my old book though...

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  whiteshark: Strange assessment of the final position by Euwe (really Euwe?). I wonder what way of winning he had in mind.

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White to move

1) +0.31 (58 ply) 74.Rg5 Rh8+ 75.Kf7 Rb8 76.Rh5 Rb7 77.Kg8 Ke6 78.Kf8 Rb8+ 79.Kg7 Kd6 80.Rf5 Rb7 81.Kh6 Rb8 82.Re5 Rh8+ 83.Kg5 Rb8 84.Kg4 Rf8 85.Rf5 Rb8 86.Rg5 Rb7 87.Kf3 Ra7 88.Ke4 Ra4+ 89.Kf5 Rb4 90.Kg4 Rb1 91.Rf5 Rg1+ 92.Kh5 Ke7 93.Rc5 Kd6 94.Rc6+ Kd7 95.Kh6 Rg8 96.Rc3 Kd6 97.Rc1 Rb8 98.Rc6+ Kd7 99.Rc5 Kd6 100.Rh5 Ke6 101.Rg5 Rf8 102.Re5+ Kf6 103.Kh5 Rg8 104.Rg5 Rb8 105.Kg4 Ke6 106.Rc5 Kd6 107.Rh5 Rb7

2) +0.31 (57 ply) 74.Rf6+ Kc5 75.Rf5+ Kd6 76.Rg5 Rh8+ 77.Kf7 Rb8 78.Rh5 Rb7 79.Kg8 Ke6 80.Kf8 Rb8+ 81.Kg7 Kd6 82.Rf5 Rb7 83.Kh6 Rb8 84.Re5 Rh8+ 85.Kg5 Rb8 86.Kg4 Rf8 87.Rf5 Rb8 88.Rg5 Rb7 89.Kf3 Ra7 90.Ke4 Ra4+ 91.Kf5 Rb4 92.Kg4 Rb1 93.Rf5 Rg1+ 94.Kh5 Ke7 95.Rc5 Kd6 96.Rc6+ Kd7 97.Kh6 Rg8 98.Rc3 Kd6 99.Rc1 Rb8 100.Rc6+ Kd7 101.Kg6 Rxb5 102.Rc2 Rd5 103.f5 Kd6 104.f6 Rd3 105.Kf7 Rf3 106.Rd2+ Ke5 107.Re2+ Kd5 108.Ke7 c5 109.f7

3) +0.31 (57 ply) 74.Rf8 Rh4 75.Rf6+ Kc5 76.Rf5+ Kd6 77.Kf7 Rg4 78.Kf6 Rg8 79.Rh5 Rb8 80.Re5 Rf8+ 81.Kg5 Rb8 82.Kg4 Rf8 83.Rf5 Rb8 84.Rg5 Rb7 85.Kf3 Ra7 86.Ke4 Ra4+ 87.Kf5 Rb4 88.Kg4 Rb1 89.Rf5 Rg1+ 90.Kh5 Ke7 91.Rc5 Kd6 92.Rc6+ Kd7 93.Kh6 Rg8 94.Rc3 Kd6 95.Rc1 Rb8 96.Rc6+ Kd7 97.Rc5 Ke7 98.Kg5 Kd6 99.Re5 Rf8 100.Kg4 Rg8+ 101.Kf5 Ra8 102.Re6+ Kd5 103.Rc6 Rf8+ 104.Kg5 Rg8+ 105.Rg6 Rb8 106.Kg4 Rb7

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

Jul-17-18  ZonszeinP: <jessicafischerqueen> thank you very much
Jul-18-18  Straclonoor: I wanna add some more.

According to Lomonosov TB7:
After 54.Kxh4 - draw
Final position - draw too

Jul-18-18  ZonszeinP: So, Petrov never beat Keres then
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<ZonszeinP> Sure he beat Keres in this game if Keres signed his score sheet.

They didn't have computers or table bases back then.

I know what you mean though. In terms of objective reality on the board, we can say that the game is a draw.

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Further documentation on this game, and this match, from <hemy>: Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #636)


<<Tallin 1938 (March) Estonia vs. Latvia> The Latvian - Estonian chess match was held in the Tallinn Stock Exchange premises on March 7-8, 1938. Latvia team defeated Estonia 9.5:6.5.

1st round (March 7, 1938) results:

Petrov - Keres 0.5-0.5
Apšenieks - Šmit 0-1
Feigin - Raud 0.5-0.5
Berg - Turn 0.5-0.5
Hazenfuss - Friedeman 1-0
Koblenc - Laurin 1-0
Ozols - Laht 1-0
Melngailis - Sep 0.5-0.5

Latvia - Estonia 5:3

2nd round (March 8, 1938) results:

Petrov - Keres *
Apšenieks - Šmit 0.5-0.5
Feigin - Raud 0.5-0.5
Berg - Turn 1-0
Hazenfuss - Friedeman 0.5-0.5
Koblenc - Laurin 0.5-0.5
Ozols - Villards 0-1
Melngailis - Sep 0.5-0.5

Latvia - Estonia 3.5-3.5 (1)

2 days result: Latvia - Estonia 8.5:6.5 (1).

<<<The game Petrov - Keres was adjourned 2nd time. Since Latvia team had to return to Riga, the game was sent to arbitrator Max Euwe and was recognized as Petrov's win.>>>

The final result of the Latvia -Estonia match - 9.5:6.5.


"Valdības Vēstnesis", March 8, 1938, p. 2; "Rīts", March 8, 1938, p. 3; "Brīvā Zeme", March 8, 1938, p. 9; "Kurzemes Vārds", March 9, 1938, p. 1; "Rīts", March 9, 1938, p. 6; "Šaha Māksla", March 10, 1938, p. 4; "Segodnia", March 11, 1938, p. 8"; "Latvijas Kareivis", March 10, 1938, p. 6; "Brīvā Zeme", March 11, 1938, p. 12.>

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